STORY: "Justices raising questions on shaken bay syndrome," by reporter Jerry Mitchell, published by the Clarion-Ledger on August 22, 2014.
GIST: "If the state Supreme Court orders a hearing in the case involving Death Row inmate Jeffrey Havard, it will be the second in a row involving Shaken Baby Syndrome. Others could follow. At least 11 people are behind bars in Mississippi — and two on Death Row — because of testimony involving that syndrome. The syndrome has long been used to convict thousands of parents, caregivers and others, but now questions are being raised about the science behind it.........Last week, justices ordered a hearing in the case involving Christopher Brandon. Pathologist Dr. Steven Hayne attributed the death in Brandon's case to Shaken Baby Syndrome, and he did the same with Jeffrey Havard, now on Death Row. Hayne acknowledged to The Clarion-Ledger there is "growing evidence" such a diagnosis "is probably not correct." Studies show shaking isn't able to generate enough force to cause these kinds of injuries to a child, he said. At the same time, he said, studies are showing that the short falls of children can generate tremendous force when they hit a very hard surface. In Havard's case, sexual assault was the underlying felony charge that enabled authorities to pursue the death penalty against him in the 2002 death of 6-month-old Chloe Britt, whom Havard said he accidentally dropped. "I didn't think there was a sexual assault," Hayne told The Clarion-Ledger. "I didn't see any evidence of sexual assault." Former state Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz Jr. said he believes the high court will order a hearing for Havard "given the strength of the new evidence, which I think is extremely strong.""
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